Letter: Plan would not have worked

Ernie Mackenzie can't see how a health village will help improve facilities for Bridlington.
Ernie Mackenzie can't see how a health village will help improve facilities for Bridlington.

Referring to Jean Wormwell’s letter in the Free Press. I just can’t understand her thinking and belief that the proposed £18 million health village would have improved facilities in Bridlington.

If all of Brid GP surgeries were centralised into one position it would mean more people having to travel endless more miles for their GP appointment. It will also mean in some cases of folk having to allow themselves much more travelling time for their appointment, then there will be the additional cost of transporting oneself to and from this new surgery.

Also, I couldn’t really see how a new £18 million health village was going to improve facilities for GPs. Doctors will still have the same skills as they had before centralisation, also the equipment for certain medical procedures will be the same. So therefore I did not really see how a new health village would have improved facilities for GPs or patients, or made patients and GPs lives any easier.

The only way facilities can be improved for GPs and patients is to stop this peer review that this government rolled out on September 4, 2017, that will then stop the rationing of hip and knee replacement surgery, cataract surgery, X-rays and other medical procedures. The rationing of hip and knee surgery or cataract surgery simply delays the inevitable simultaneously adding to the overall cost, often prolonging the use of pain relief, which then severely impacts patients quality of life and particularly among the elderly that then increased the need for social care.

Ernie McKenzie

Gammons Lane

Watford